POSTED: Monday, February 4, 2013 - 9:08pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 4, 2013 - 10:38pm
The Oakland Athletics acquired infielder Jed Lowrie and right-hander Fernando Rodriguez (Franklin High School) from the Houston Astros for first baseman Chris Carter and two minor leaguers today.
The former Franklin high school pitcher, Fernando Rodriguez spent the last two seasons in Houston. Rodriguez has appeared in 119 games in his career, with a 4.89 ERA.
Rodriguez went 2-10 with a 5.37 ERA in 71 relief appearances last year. He struck out 78 batters in 70 1-3 innings. Despite the poor record and high ERA, Oakland A's General Manager Billy Beane sees plenty to like from the hard-throwing Rodriguez.
"He's got a real big arm," Beane said. "His record, his ERA are probably a little bit misleading. He's another guy to add to our bullpen depth, which was one of our strengths last year. We felt like we were giving them a pretty good package. This addition helped us get over the finish line."